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Imagine a game of blind...

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Imagine a game of blind-man's bluff at the edge of a pool. All but one of the players can see exactly where the water begins, and the blindfolded one is dangerously close. "Take off the mask! Take off the mask!" the other players beg. "You're too close to the edge!" But the blindfolded player tied his blindfold over his ears as well as his eyes, and no matter how loud his friends shout, he can't understand them. They warned him not to cover his ears! They warned him that it was dangerous to cut off both sight and sound.
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